Did Jon Jones predict his brutal finish of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 three years ago?
Two light heavyweights bickered about Cormier’s glaring flaw in 2014 ahead of their first title bout
It was perhaps a fitting touch Jon Jones was sharing the same stage with ‘Mystic Mac’ Conor McGregor when he made a prediction nearly three years ago.
Jones reclaimed the light heavyweight title he relinquished in 2015 after landing a brutal head kick to Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 this past weekend, and it seems the move was foreshadowed a while ago.
Ahead of their first bout which was originally scheduled for UFC 178 in 2014, but would later happen at UFC 182 in January 2015 where Jones won by unanimous decision, the two light heavyweights bickered about Cormier’s fatal flaw during a Los Angeles press conference.
“I do have tendencies, and I know what he is talking about, because they’re glaring,” Cormier said after Jones mentioned an opening he planned on punishing.
“I know that there’s one thing that I do that has gotten me in trouble – if you want to call it trouble – that I’ve been in a fight before, and I haven’t been in much trouble so in the instance that I did get maybe a cut or something, I know it was because of that tendency he is talking about.”
“You’re talking about the Josh Barnett fight,” Jones said.
Cormier comfortably beat former UFC heavyweight champion Barnett by unanimous decision in the finals of a Strikeforce heavyweight tournament in 2012.
But Cormier was punished with several damaging strikes from Barnnet during that fight, after dipping down to his right, and his opponent’s left.
“Don’t think you’re going to kick me in the head with your left leg,” Cormier told Jones in 2014.
“Yes, we noticed that,” said Jones. “Well, you better fix that.”
“I am smart enough to understand when there is a weakness and I go and fix it,” responded Cormier.
The highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 214 in Anaheim appeared to be even after the first two rounds with Cormier landing the more devastating strikes, including one that knocked Jones’ mouthguard out in the first round.
But Cormier was caught off guard in the third round after dipping to his right, with Jones catching him clean with a vicious left high kick.
Cormier stumbled backwards before Jones pounced again, backing his opponent into the fence and hitting a series of elbows and punches before referee John McCarthy stopped the bout.
Cormier attracted criticism for shoving McCarthy and arguing about the decision, but took to Instagram to apologise.
First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It's a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I'll see you soon. DC @layziethesavage
A post shared by Daniel "DC" Cormier (@dc_mma) on Jul 30, 2017 at 7:36pm PDT